Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Reserve tank.

Seen here is our 500 gallon in-house water tank.  Our well pump, will pump to up to  this tank and then we'll pressure the entire water system in the house from the tank. We're doing this for two reasons: 1st, in case something happens to the well pump and 2nd, if we decide that we want to capture water from the roof, we then can plumb it here.

Saturday, 1 December 2012

314 feet. Water my dear, water.

I just returned from a very wet and muddy week working on the ZAEPB site.  Ill be posting a number of new photos and updates over the next couple of days.  Earlier in the week, we saw 3 days of dry weather, during which I took advantage by trenching from the well head to the house, as we needed to run the piping and electrical for the pump. As seen below.

Saturday, 10 November 2012

MIA: And then the Rain Came!

Sorry for the lasp in posting to ZAEP-B.  The Short story is this... The rain arrived. We crashed for Three days. Then departed the island with the boat. One week later we arrived in the VERY South Bay town of Olympia.  We are setting our selves up here for a Three month work stint.  I will be post more soon. Next week I will return to continue interior framing.  Also... I will post pics of the MUD pit that became of our work site.  Again, sorry for the delay. Best!

Sunday, 21 October 2012


Note the Height of the deck floor. Yep, way up there!. Need to build some stairs now.  However, the rains have arrived. 
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Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Roofing Continues

 It is said that when building in the Pacific Northwest, you WILL have rain. However, we have been so lucky with our build that it is October 3rd and we still have a week of good clear weather. We are two days away from completing the roof. A number of people have said "aww those metal roofs just snap together and your done". Well... yes and no. Yes, the material does "snap" together, but the "devil is in the details"  There are a number of under layers to install, angles to cut perfectly, and making sure that all the pieces line up correctly , especially when you go to install the LAST Piece!  We should be fine, I will let you know tomorrow.

Saturday, 22 September 2012

All trused up.

Today we continued with building the roof for the carport.  We have another day or so before we strap, sheet, and get ready for the roofing to arrive.

Aussi Special Force's Tour of Duty Complete

Special Ops Aussi Captain Verdo completed his tour with us, and departs for an undisclosed location in Mexico. Thank you V, we appreciate your participation! 

Wednesday, 19 September 2012


We have been working on adding some details to the Zombie Retreat.. We have learned that the framing goes very quickly, but the details take time.  Here are a few photos of the stuff we've been working on...

Sunday, 16 September 2012

We're almost covered.

Greetings everyone,  just a quick post to say, that by the end of Today we should be complete with the roof sheeting.  Unfortunately, we are wait for the metal roofing material to arrive on the 25th. Until then we will be sporting a flash orange tarp! 

Friday, 14 September 2012

Report from the Field

The last seven days have been very productive.  We have been in full attack mode and have almost completed the  second floor framing.. Today we'll be installing the roofing joists and roughing in the sky lights. Tomorrow, hopefully, we'll begin sheeting the roof.  A special thanks to the Hunters and Team Aussi.

Monday, 10 September 2012

Aussi Special Forces - Close up.

Sh*#T Flows Downhill.

As it is said: "Sh*#T Flows downhill". in order to accommodate the saying we have started the construction of the septic system.  The large hole in the ground is not for our swimming pool, it's the location for the Tank that will contain the black and grey water as it is broken down. Then the waste water will be pumped by a high pressure pump into the two runs of "Leech Field" seen in the black plastic tunnels.  The waste water is sprayed into those tunnels and allowed to aerate back into the Earth to decompose naturally and to help the environment. :-)

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Aussi Special Forces Arrive!

Encrypted communications were required to re-task Commander Verdo, Aussi Special Forces. He air dropped on Friday @ 1500.  Once on site we re-tasked him to command Operation Sub-flooring.  Within 48 hours we completed the operation and now prep'd, will proceed with operation " Build the Box higher". Monday is the scheduled deployment.  We are a Green for Go!  Check back for reports from the field.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012


We've had a few little set backs over the past few days, but nothing we couldn't handle. We are now steaming ahead with installing the second story floor joists. We should be able to "Glue-n-Screw" the sub-flooring on by Saturday.  Stay tuned for more exciting construction action! Joist-Ho!.

Monday, 3 September 2012

Beam me up!

Yeah, I know.... bad Star Trek reference.  But check out the photos of Day 2 and 3.  Main beam installed.  The next few days Virginia and I will be installing the joists for the Second floor.

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Framing: Day One.

To start our framing, my buddy Doug called in reinforcements!  His brother Bill and his lovely wife Barb.   All of them have been a fantastic help. Doug's building knowledge and Bill-n-Barb's enthusiasm and cleanliness! Check out  day one's progress.